My Muse Has a Cruel Sense of Humor

3 a.m. – A cast of characters and entire blocks of dialogue drop into my head, just as I’m drifting off to sleep. I’ve been hovering around the edges of this idea for a week (and the general story idea for years). Now, muse? Really!? Why?!?

I know. I shouldn’t argue with inspiration. Thank you, muse. I must display proper gratitude, lest the visits dry up completely.

I pick up the notebook on my bedside table and head to the living room so I won’t disturb my wife’s sleep. Character list begun, blocks of dialogue scrawled out in the handwriting of the living dead (because that is what I am at this moment), the barest of skeletons of a plot sketched out. Then, back to restless, shallow sleep.

8 a.m. – Drag myself to work, stumbling over the sleep deficit. All thoughts are of the new work. Everything else is done on auto-pilot. I haven’t looked at the notes since I put the pages down. Here’s hoping I don’t come home to a page full of, “Hey, what if Che Guevara and the Vlasic Pickle Stork tried to rob a Taco Bell?”

This may or may not be something that has happened before.

It might be time to go back to bed.

Gorilla VI Recap

A fun Memorial Day weekend with the good folks of Teatro Serpiente. The theme was “classic board games” and I drew Sorry!  – along with an iron teapot and a two person cast. Hadn’t played the game since elementary school, but once I looked up the rules and a picture of the board, a basic dramatic structure revealed itself. From there, it was a matter of figuring out what each character’s “home base” was, and how they were playing the game. I turned in my final draft by midnight (a little later than I hoped) and got a good(ish) night’s sleep before the next day’s adventure.

Drew acting duty in a cute script based around Clue, playing a vagrant in a diner who thought he was Colonel Mustard – lots of laughs. Filled in in a second piece for an actor who didn’t show – a three-line walk-on at the end of a scene based around Connect Four.

My pice, Tea and Strategery, closed out the night. The two actors who drew my scene did a fantastic job playing off the material and adding to it – they gave me some inspiration for a further draft.

If you’re in the Taos area next Memorial Day weekend, come on out to the Taos Mesa Brewery for Gorilla Theater VII.